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Definition of "naïf" [naif]

  • Variants of naive. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "naïf" in a sentence
  • "But the sense in which the term naif should be understood in literary criticism is so imperfectly agreed upon among us, that we have not yet even found an English equivalent for the word."
  • "Barack Obama embraced this consensus during the campaign, only to be called a naif and an appeaser."
  • "If, that is, the naif didn't know this was the same Mitch McConnell who has turned filibustering into an art form."